Deciding to go into therapy is not an easy decision. It is a brave choice that is usually made because you are struggling to cope and have realised that help may be needed from someone other than friends and family, someone impartial and professionally trained. But how do you decide on a therapist? While a therapist's experience and training does matter a lot, the reality is that you will be sharing many private details and thoughts about your life with whoever you choose, so you need to have a strong sense that that person is right for you - that you will be able to form a strong and supportive relationship together.
In this profile I try to provide you with some sense of who I am and how I work, but often it is only by meeting face-to-face that you get a really good idea of whether it feels right. therefore offer a free initial session for us to meet and decide whether it feels right
I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist and I work with young people and adults. I have worked in mental health for the past 18 years and have been a practicing therapist for 15 years combining private work with employment in various organisations including Cornwall College, Xenzone and Plymouth NHS Adult Mental Health Trust, where I worked with adults who had complex and long-term mental health needs. I have experience in many different areas of mental health including relationship problems, anxiety, depression, abuse, suicidal thoughts, self harm and bereavement. Many of the people I work with feel stuck or trapped in some way, in a job, or in themselves, or would like a greater sense of meaning in their lives. Some are struggling with their relationships and notice that the same difficulties keep coming up for them time and again.
In my private work I offer a quiet and safe therapeutic space where you can talk about your difficulties and think about the underlying causes, be these in the present or the past. I believe that therapy should be a dynamic, engaged and active process, a dialogue between two people where issues can be explored together and new meanings and understandings created. I listen deeply and without judgement to the content of what you tell me while also paying attention to the feelings and underlying issues that emerge through conversation; and I reflect back my understanding, feelings and thought processes to you.
The type of therapy I practice focuses on developing a greater awareness of your inner world, which in turn can help you to better understand your patterns and motivations and identify the issues and upsets that may keep recurring for you. It can help you to find a way to speak about things that are stuck, opening the door for a fresh perspective and leading to a fuller and more satisfying emotional life.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics. I practice from a beautiful and discrete therapy centre called the Bird House, in the centre of Falmouth. I see some people for just a few sessions, but others I work with for a year or more. I like to work in depth so that people feel that they achieve not only symptom relief but also a deeper sense of themselves enabling them to become more resilient to what life might throw at them. Most people I see come for one session a week, but I am also trained to offer twice weekly therapy.
If you are interested in the evidence base for the effectiveness of the psychodynamic approach in which I am trained in you can find a great discussion about it here: APA: Psychodynamic psychotherapy brings lasting benefits. (link - www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2010/01/psychodynamic-therapy.aspx)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have the following qualifications:
- MSc Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Exeter University
- Diploma in Clinical Supervision
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy
- Post graduate Diploma in Emotional Literacy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
Free initial in-person session
Concessions offered for
My standard rate is £60 for a 50 minute session but do offer some concessions for those on lower incomes. I charge £60 per hour for individual clinical supervision.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange an initial meeting, please email me in confidence or call me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
My work days in private practice are Wednesday and Thursday.
When I work
I offer private therapy in the Falmouth/Penryn area Tuesday - Thursday. Working hours 9-5pm.
My training also enables me to work with people suffering from personality disorders, attachment issues and long term mental health problems.